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Rcd2: Drug Induced tremors


Rcd2

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Hello

A few months ago I started having tremors, jerks, whatever you want to call it. The tremors were/are bad.

 

I tolerated the movements for a few weeks until my left hand started dancing around on its own in a meeting with a large account of mine.

 

The prescribing doctor got a earful from me and I saw a neurologist who specialized in movement disorders.

 

Went through the tests, and not once did any part of my body jerk. It did in the waiting room of course.

 

His conclusion was the meds are causing this. It was time to get off of 1 or 2of them and sent his report over to the prescribing doctor.

 

She has me going off 1 dose of the Lamotrigine. Its been 2 weeks and I feel like complete crap. I've been keeping a eye on my behavior since I'm cutting back. It is an adventure for sure.  

 

I just want the involuntary movement to stop.

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300mg Bupropion XL 1X daily

600mg Gabapentin    3X daily

200mg Lamotrigine    1X daily

2mg Abilify                 1X daily

 

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It will hopefully stop. My bet is that it will. I had involuntary movements in hand, feet and legs as well as lip when starting and stopping Meds and each time they went away

Dec 1, 2016. 10 mg zyprexa for 1.5 month. Started taper mid-Jan. 2017. Cut 1.25 mg every 2 weeks; smaller cuts 2.5 mg down. Stopped at .6 mg. May 7, 2017: zyprexa free. 
Zoloft: Dec1, 2016, 200 mg. Started taper: Jun12, 2017: 197.5 mg; Jun19,:195 mg; July 2:185mg; July 9,:180 mg; July16,: 175; July 23: 170; July 30: 165; Aug6: 160; Aug13: 155; Aug. 20: 150; Aug.27: 146 mg; Sept3: 145 mg; Sept10:143 mg; Sept17:140 mg....Nov5: 122 mg...Dec3:112.5 mg; Jan14, 2018: 95 mg...Jan28: 90 mg; Feb21:80 mg; Mar11: 75 mg; May2:70 mg; May15: 68 mg; May28: 65 mg; Jun9: 62 mg;Jun25: 60 mg:July22: 55 mg; Aug25: 45 mg. Aug28: 50 mg...Oct 28: 38 mg; Dec.4: 30 mg; Jan8,2019: 25mg; Feb6: 23.5 mg; Apr1:17.5mg; May1:1 mg; May 5: 18;  May 18:15mg; June 16:12.5mg; Sept 10:11 mg; Sept.16:10 mg; Oct. 1: 9mg; Nov. 27: 8mg; Dec.5: 7mg; Jan.1,2020, 6 mg; Feb1: 5 mg; May 1: 2.5 mg; Jn 1: 2 mg; Jy 1: 1.5 mg
Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pw4tjImAJ92OIVyRvZoZYjqxiKMk7wvp-ljiIi1olRo/edit#gid=0

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Rcd2 -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)

I'm sorry that you're having to deal with involuntary movements. To help us help you would you summarize your history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly?

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Some possibly relevant topics in the meantime:
Why taper by 10% of my dosage?. This is probably the most important one to read; it's about how slow some people need to taper. (It's even too fast for some.)

Tips for tapering off Lamictal (lamotrigine)
Involuntary movements, aka "tardive dyskinesia"

I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but am glad that you found us.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here


scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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